Mt Umunhum Trail Run
Welcome to the 2nd annual Mt Umunhum Trail Run. If you grew up in the south bay area of Northern California, then you probably often stared at the 8-story block of cement known as the Almaden Air Force Station. Just recently, the Mount Umunhum Conservancy and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space restored the magnificent block and surrounding mountain top. The space just opened to the public only recently. While you can hike or run up the new 3.7 mile single-track trail, they will not allow a special event permit to run up to the top. So, we will use the Quicksilver 100K course I designed as a model (President and Race Director Emeritus for Quicksilver Running Club) course for the Mt. Umunhum Trail Run.
The 52K will be one of the hardest in the area with over 8,500 feet of elevation gain. This is the perfect training run for Quicksilver 100K in which you will get the taste of "Dog Meat" (AKA Priest Rock Trail) twice, once in each direction!
All events will start and finish at Mockingbird Hill Lane entrance. You will enjoy steep and glorious trails as they wind through the most successful mercury mines in North America. Oh, and watch out for our mountain lion friends.
Newly Added event benefiting Animal Run. This year we have added a "Canicross Race". What is this you may ask? It's dog with human racing. See below for details.
What is Animal Run about?
Animal Run promotes animal welfare, human health and a thriving world. Animal Run believes that all animals are sentient individuals and deserve a long and natural life with the love, health and care we all want for ourselves. That's why Animal Run raises awareness and funds for many different local animal organizations around the Bay Area ... and soon, around the country. These organizations are the boots on the ground, supplying the food, medical care and shelter for the abused and neglected. Through some funding, Animal Run helps these organizations to purchase a few extra bales of hay, provide a lifesaving surgery and find forever homes. Through our events and website, we connect runners with these local charities so that runners find their newest family member and charities find new supporters.
2019 Bay Area Ridge Trail Series
The Mt Umunhum Trail Run will also be part of the 2019 BAY AREA RIDGE TRAIL SERIES.
- You can register here for the series pass starting January 1, 2019: Bay Area Ridge Trail Series Pass
- Read the BART article here: http://ridgetrail.org/running-distance-pacific-coast-trail-runs/
Become a Member of the Bay Area Ridge Trail
- Did you know that you can become a member, donate, and get involved with the Bay Area Ridge Trail?
- Click on this link to join or renew your membership: Become a member here!
- Saturday, February 23, 2019
Distances & Elevation Gains
- 52K: 8,696 ft
- 34K: 5,019 ft
- 22K: 3,082 ft
- 12K: 1,963 ft
- 52K: $85, $97, $109
- 34K: $75, $87, $99
- 22K: $65, $77, $89
- 12K: $55, $67, $79
Add $15 on Race Day if not sold out.
- Click here for the mail in registration form
- 52K: 7:00 AM
- 2.6 Mile Canicross Race ( Human with Dog Only Event.): 7:20 AM
- 34K: 8:00 AM
- 22K: 8:30 AM
- 12K: 9:00 AM
ABSOLUTELY NO EARLY STARTS.
*Start times subject to change for any reason.
- 52K: 10 Hours
- 34K: 9 Hours
- 22K: 8 Hours 30 Minutes
- 12K: 8 Hours
- 52K: Cut-off will be strictly enforced at 11:15 AM (18:30 min/mile pace) to get to Kennedy A/S (Mile 10.5). If you miss the cut-off then you will be sent back towards the finish line to complete the 34K.
- 34K: Cut-off will be strictly enforced at 10:45 AM (24:00 min/mile pace) to get to Woods A/S (Mile 6.9). If you miss the cut-off then you will be sent back towards the finish line to complete the 22K.
- 22K: No cut-off, but you need to be conscious of a 42 minute/mile hiking pace to get under the Time Limit.
- 12K: No cut-off, but you need to be conscious of a 70 minute/mile crawling pace to get under the Time Limit.
- High performance Tech or Cotton Blend Shirt
- Bib with race number and meal ticket
- Free on course race photos
- Professionally chip timed results
- Handmade wood finisher medal
- Age group award if qualified
- Ultramarathon finisher coaster if qualified
- Scenic course with high quality volunteers and Team PCTR Support
- Aid station nutrition & hydration
- Chef Yaku post-race meal & beverage (Craft brew too)
Canicross Event - 2.6 Mile Dog/Human Race
PCTR is proud to host their first ever "Canicross Event" benefiting Animal Run. Canicross (Canine Cross-Country) is a form of trail running that must include a dog and one human. Not two dogs, not two or more humans. Simply, it's you and a dog. Not just any dog, a well behaved dog that must follow rules likes it’s owner.
Run with your 4-legged friend and proceeds assist Animal Run's mission to promote animal welfare, human health and a thriving world. This is a challenging dirt course with a lot of fun climbing and descending. Guide Dogs with visually impaired athletes and guide runners are welcome too.
Start and Finish: Almaden Quicksilver County Park (see address below with other races)
Entry Fee: $45
Distance: 2.6 Miles
Elevation Gain: 860 feet
Course Link: 2.6 Mile Course via RunGoApp
Course Design: Counter-clockwise Loop (Haceinda to Viril Norton Loop)
Course Surface: Dirt on Fire Road Trail
No dog, No Problem
- Did you know that you can donate, and get involved with Animal Run
- Click on this link to donate to Animal Run: Become a Donor here!
What you and your dog get:
- Both get 2.6 miles of extreme vertical trail in Quicksilver Park.
- Dog gets Water Aid Station in portable bowls for dogs at Mile 1.
- Dog receives Finisher Dog Tag and Doggie Pool to cool off paws at finish.
- Human gets fabulous Handmade Wooden Finisher Coaster for finishing with dog.
- Top Three Female Runners with Dog with Special Podium Prize.
- Top Three Male Runners with Dog win Special Podium Prize.
- Racing with more than one dog is not permitted.
- Pre-post run or walk, all dogs must be on a short leash 6' 6" maximum length leash.
- Abuse of dogs, both physical and verbal is prohibited. You will be disqualified.
- Dogs must be under control around other dogs, runners, hikers, walkers, and fans.
- Any dog or human misbehaving will be asked to leave.
- When overtaking, the advancing canicrosser must shout ‘Dog on your left’ to warn the runner in front.
- If a runner or a dog is in distress, ALL competitors have a duty to assist if reasonably and safely able.
- PCTR will make every effort to have water on site. However, you are ultimately responsible at all times.
- No headphones or amplified music on course. The use of personal electronic device with or without headphones that impairs the ability to hear marshals or other runners is strictly forbidden. Anyone using such a devices will be asked to refrain immediately or be disqualified.
- We want this to be a fun, safe event for everyone and every dog.
Recommendations for canicross entrants:
- It's highly recommended that dogs wear a suitable harness and be attached to their handler.
- A waist belt is strongly recommended for handlers.
- Neck collars, or retractable leads are permitted, but not ideal for the dogs comfort.
- Muzzles may be used but they must be the open, basket type through which dogs can drink and take treats.
This event does not include shirts or the post race bbq for Canicross Entrants.
We take great pride in knowing that when you finish a PCTR trail run, it is of the highest importance that you have a meal and tasty beverage to reward your finish. All entrants receive a "post-race meal ticket" to get the nutrients your body needs right after you finish. You will have the option during registration to purchase additional meal tickets. Our post-race BBQ chefs are in tune with incredible creations to meet all palates and will always provide a vegetarian option. We have served amazing tacos, incredible fajitas, delicious sliders, killer cowboy/cowgirl BBQ treats, and more. In the cold months, and night races, you will always be able to enjoy our super tasty soup creations. So bring a chair, a friend, and relax a bit with us.
Cup-Free Racing Policy
Effective January 2018, Pacific Coast Trail Runs is following the lead of other trail races by taking steps to "green" our events. We recommend that all participants carry hydration devices on them during the race. We will sell HydraPouch portable cup with Universal carry clip – hooks easily to shorts, tights, number belts, hydration belts, etc. These are available at checkout for $10. You will receive it when you check-in for the event. We will also have a few for purchase for $10 the day of the event.
Event Location Details
Almaden Quicksilver Park
19305 Mockingbird Hill Lane
San Jose, CA 95120
Please use your favorite app with the above mentioned address. From San Francisco: Take HWY 85 South. Exit Alamden Expressway South. Right on Almaden Road. Right on Mockingbird Hill Lane. From Los Angeles: Take Hwy 101 North. Take HWY 85 North. Exit Alamden Expressway South. Right on Almaden Road. Right on Mockingbird Hill Lane.
Parking is free and available near the start / finish line. Overflow parking will occur in the Neighborhood upon entering the park. Please park within the parking spaces provided. You will be ticketed if you park illegally. NO PARKING SIGNS MEAN NO PARKING.
Race Day Runner Check-In & Race Briefing
There is no bib/swag pick-up the day before the event. All runners will receive bib and swag before your event on Race Day.
Your specific distance check-in opens one hour before your event start time. You must be prepared to show ID to pick up your own bib and swag. You may not pick up for any other runners.
15 minutes before your event at the Start Line. It's very important for the safety of you and others to be present and alert for the Race Director Pre-Race Briefing. Here you will learn about how to have fun, be safe, and not get lost.
All events will start at the famed Quicksilver 100K/50K finish line on Mockingbird Hill Lane. All events will be true "out and back" courses through Quicksilver and into the shadow of Mt. Umunhum in Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve.
52 K: For those brave enough to take on the 8,600+ feet of elevation gain in the 52K and the washing machine style "Dog Meat" Loops, then you will be rewarded with all the glory and of course, a belly-pleasing post-race BBQ. For those deciding to take on the other distances, you too will be challenged and fed well at the end. Your opening climb up Hacienda will challenge you before it opens up for views of Mt Umunhum at Bull Run. From here the course flattens out for a bit before your down and uphill run continues. Crossing Hicks road will grant you entry to Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve. You will get to run a bit before your steep climb to Kennedy Aid Station., From here the challenge will get even harder. If you get through the Dog Meat Loops, then a mostly downhill 16.25 mile finish is yours.
34 K: You will enjoy the same course as the above 52K without the Dog Meat Loops. Maybe next year you go for the 52K.
22 K: The hardest part of this course is the first two miles. After that you will enjoy relatively easy going compared to the other events. The part of the course that extends beyond the 12K turnaround is mostly flat when you enter the Sierra Azul section before your turnaround at Woods Trail Aid Station.
12 K: While your event is the shortest, you will still be challenged and have much more time to celebrate your finish with your new trail running friends.
Course Map, Markings, and Aid Stations
Click here for the course map, elevation charts, mileage, and aid station sheet
- 52K: Pink Outbound to Two Blue Washing Machine Style Loops to Pink Inbound
- 36K: Pink Outbound to Kennedy Aid Station to Pink Inbound
- 24K: Pink Outbound to Woods Aid Station to Pink Inbound
- 14K: Pink Outbound to HIcks Road Aid Station to Pink Inbound
Aid Stations (A/S) Information
- Hicks Road and Kennedy are full aid stations.
- Full Aid Station consists of H20, GU ROCTANE Electrolyte Drink, Coke, Ginger Ale, Peanut Butter & Jelly, Bananas, Tangerines, and GU Electrolyte Capsules. Snack Pack assortments incuding lays potato chips, trail mix, Rice Krispy Treats, Oreos, Nutter Butters, Ritz/peanut butter or cheese.
- Woods A/S: H20 Only
On Course Information
Crew & Pacer Information
- Crews are allowed and welcomed on the course.
- Crews can access all three aid stations, and must obey parking and daily use fee rules when crewing.
Please see map for locations.
- Hicks Road can be accessed by parking at the Hicks Road Entrance to Quicksilver County Park.
- Woods Road Aid Station can be accessed by foot or bike. Park at either Sierra Azul or Hicks Road Parking Lots.
- Kennedy Aid Station can be accessed by foot or bike. Park at either Sierra Azul or Hicks Road Parking Lots.
Pacers are not allowed.
Drop & Finish line Bags
- Drop Bags: Allowed at Start/Finish line area only. There will be no “Drop Bags” on course.
- Finish line Bags: There will be a designated area at the Start/Finish line Area to place your bag. Please note this area will be near people and protected from the rain, but will not be secure or protected and PCTR will not be responsible for any lost or misplaced items.
- Start/Finish Line: Bathrooms and PCTR Port-a-potties
- Hicks Road Aid Station: PCTR Port-a-pottie
- Sierra Azul Park Entrance at Hicks Road: MidPen Structure Restroom no water.
- Park Policy: No dogs allowed on course.
- PCTR & Park Policy: Dogs are allowed at the start/finish line area and must be on a 6 foot leash and under control at all times.
- Hikers are welcome! We kindly ask all hikers are trained and select a distance that reflects their ability to complete the course within the cut-offs and/or time limits.
Headphones & Trekking Poles
Headphone Policy: You are not allowed to wear headphones in both ears. You must have one ear (preferably your left) exposed to hear incoming runners, horses, or bikes. For the safety of you and others, and following the lead of all Dipsea trail events, NO poles or sticks of any kind are not allowed during the race because of the single track and technical nature of the trail.
Blind Athletes & Sighted Guides
Since 2018, PCTR has embraced visually impaired and blind athletes. We add a question to registration so that we can fully prepare for your race and sighted guide with proper race bibs. If you need a "Guide Runner", please email us at RunPCTR@gmail.com.
- All finishers will receive a handmade wooden medal by Elevation Culture.
- Age group awards to be presented to the top 3 male and females in each of the following categories:
- 12 and under
- 13 to 16
- 17 to 19
- 20 to 29
- 30 to 39
- 40 to 49
- 50 to 59
- 60 to 69
- 70 +
Withdrawing from Event or Changing Distance
Changing Distance & Withdrawing
If you would like to change distance, please do so by emailing us at RunPCTR@gmail.com at least 72 hours before the event. We assign event distance specific bibs with timing transponder at this time and it makes the event less complicated for you, volunteers, and Team PCTR.
No Refunds, Transfers, or Rollovers
Entry fees associated with Pacific Coast Trail Runs Events are non-refundable, non-transferable, and we do not provide rollovers to future events. The amount of time and expense that goes into a PCTR event is high. Contracts, permit fees, awards, shirts, insurance, food/beverage and all things associated with your event happen a long time before your race day. Surely, if many of you wanted a refund because you got injured, become sick, have to attend a family function or your babysitter fell through, then all trail running companies would be out of business. We also do not transfer entries for numerous reasons including liability. You are not allowed to sell or give your bib to someone else. If we find out about this, we will ban you from our events. We do, and will provide race credits for a future PCTR event (less Ultrasignup.com registration fees) shall something come up that prevents you from attending the event you paid for. Please see our Race Credit Policy.
Race Credit Policies
PCTR has a very friendly race credit policy. With some of our races requiring signing up well in advance, we understand that life happens and you may be prevented from attending the event. Here are the days of notice we require you to provide us shall you want to withdraw and earn PCTR race credits for a future event.
- 45 plus days from the event date = 100% PCTR Race Credits
- 15 to 44 days from the event date = 50% PCTR Race Credits
- 14 days to 72 hours from the event start time = 25% PCTR Race Credits
Consider Volunteering to earn race credits. By volunteering, you can earn up to 100% of your entry and more depending on how many hours you volunteer.
Race credits are required to be used within one year from the time you earned them. This means you need to have signed up for an event by the one year date, not necessarily have completed the event. You also, also cannot extend the credits shall you sign up for a race and need to withdraw again. Race credits are not transferable to anyone but yourself.
Race Fees associated with Ultrasignup, our registration provider, at the time of your registration are not included in your Race Credits.
Race Cancellation Policy
Runners, their families, crews, volunteers and Team PCTR safety is our first priority. Pacific Coast Trail Runs events will run come rain or shine, with the exception of park closures, threatening or extreme weather conditions. When conditions present a danger to our runners, their families and our volunteers. PCTR maintains the right to cancel or postpone the start of each of the events. Parks may also shut down the event if the trail or weather conditions are so bad that first responders will also be challenged.
If any event is cancelled less than 24 hours prior to the official start time, all participants will be notified via email that you provided in your registration, and the information will be posted on our Facebook page.
PCTR reserves the right to move the event to another venue, change the course & start time, cancel, and/or reschedule the event. PCTR will always try to reschedule before cancelling an event. Shall the event be cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, and not rescheduled, then we will offer race credits to a future PCTR event to be used in one year.
Threatening weather conditions at PCTR events may be cancelled or delayed if any of the following weather conditions exist: Fire Danger, Poor Air Quality (Air Quality Index (AQI) >150 = Unhealthy), Flash Flood Watch, Extreme Thunderstorms, Tsunami Warnings, and lightning in the vicinity of the race.
The Race Director, in accordance with the Land Managers, City, County, the State of California, and the National Park Service, has the authority to cancel the event. If threatening weather conditions force cancellation of the events, no refunds will be provided, since funds were already spent in preparation for race day. However, if the race is cancelled outright and not rescheduled than 100% of race credit value (less ultrasingup.com registration fees) will be provided to use at a future event in one year from the time earned.
Notification of cancellation will be done as early as possible. You will be notified via the email address you used when registering for this event. We will also post updates on our Facebook page regularly: https://www.facebook.com/pacificcoasttrailruns/
- Earn $10 in PCTR Race Credits for every hour worked. (For example: 4 hrs = $40; 3.5 hrs = $35, etc.)
- Volunteer 8+ hour shift and earn $40 bonus credits for event.
- Earn 2X Credits for bad weather volunteering in rain.
- Earn 2X Credits from 8pm to 6am. (Headlands & Night Sweats Only)
- Receive the coveted PCTR "Go Run a Trail!" shirt. *Must volunteer a minimum of 5 hours to get the shirt. If you already have too many of these shirts and want a race shirt instead, then come by the finish line tent to see if we have any more in your size.
- Enjoy a meal from our Post Race BBQ Chef Team.
- You will not earn credits for volunteering unless you sign up to volunteer.
- If you sign up to volunteer and bring one or more friends with you to volunteer (who have not signed up), then they will not earn credits.
- If you are entered in an event and bring a friend or family to help volunteer a few hours or more, then you can earn their credits for another race... that is if they don't run. ??
- All credits must be used in one year from the time earned or they will expire.
If you are unable to participate in the event you paid for and miss the 45-day or 15-day withdraw notification window because you are unable to run due to whatever reason, then consider volunteering to earn race credits. By volunteering at the intended event or another event within 30 days before your event, you can earn up to 100% of your entry and more depending on how many hours you volunteer. Email PCTR at RunPCTR@gmail.com.
Click here to volunteer: https://www.pacificcoasttrailruns.com/volunteer
Rules & Trail Etiquette
1. Trail running is a very special sport that shares trails with the public including hikers, bikers, horses, and even dogs. Please be kind to all. Because we have a permit and you paid for the event, does not give you more right of way than others. Please be courteous of others and share the trails as you would a store aisle at your neighborhood store.
2. Absolutely no littering. "Leave No Trace."
3. When passing a runner announce yourself politely by saying ""May I please pass? or "On your left please."
4. All runners must wear bib on front of person. (Not on your back, pack, hat, butt, or calves).
5. Downhill Runners have the right of way. Uphill runners and hikers, please keep your head up
6. If you quit before or during the event, then you must turn in your bib and/or notify a race official at the start line or aid station when applicable.
7. Volunteers give up their time to make your day special, so please thank them many times over.
Clean Sport Pledge
We pledge to support clean sport by inviting to athletes to compete at our events who are committed to training, racing and living clean and not inviting athletes to compete who have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. We are in favor of random drug testing, especially when there is prize money offered at the event. Our organization also chooses to not work with coaches and agents that have athletes that are currently working with athletes that have tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. We understand we have a responsibility to protect a level playing field and we will be role models in the community as ambassadors and advocates for clean sport. We pledge to honor clean sport by inviting and supporting clean athletes at our races.
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